Uganda’s Bobi Wine arrives in U.S. for treatment

Uganda’s Bobi Wine arrives in U.S. for treatment

Ugandan musician Bobi Wine – an opposition MP whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi – is now in the United States after leaving from Entebbe Airport about midnight Friday. “Safely arrived in the U.S. where I’ll be receiving specialized treatment following the brutal torture at the hands of SFC soldiers,”…

Zimbabwe election updates: Mnangagwa declared winner

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been declared the victor in Zimbabwe’s presidential election, after results released late Thursday showed him with 50.8 of the votes – just enough above the required threshold to avoid a September 8 runoff. Mnangagwa received 2,460,463 votes compared with challenger Nelson Chamisa, the MDC Alliance candidate who received 2,147,436…

Earthquake swarm (and the stress) continue in Mayotte

It was June 14 when officials in Mayotte opened up a psychological support services unit, designed to help residents deal with the stress of hundreds of earthquakes they’ve experienced as part of the ongoing seismic activity the Indian Ocean island nation has endured for weeks. The situation has “caused concerned…

DRC says Kabila foe Katumbi is not a citizen, but will he return?

There’s been much speculation on when and how Moïse Katumbi, the exiled Congolese political leader who announced a presidential run in March, will return to the country. Katumbi, the candidate of the “Together for Change” coalition challenging Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, has said he will return home…

World Press Freedom Day and the state of African media

This week Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid will be awarded the 2018 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize during World Press Freedom Day, hosted this year by Ghana. As with the many recipients before him, he won’t see the conference sessions or attend the gala dinner in Accra. The Egyptian, known…

Zimbabwe’s landmine strategy sets full clearance goal for 2025

Zimbabwe has launched its first-ever landmine clearance strategy, designed to deal with a problem that has plagued the southern African nation since the Ian Smith era and the 1970s fight for liberation. The National Mine Action Strategy describes goals of a plan that will run through 2025, seeking to remove…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times